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1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, 1972

Fifth studio album loosely based on a story of a fictional rock star named Ziggy Stardust, peaking at No. 5 in the United Kingdom. The album tells the story of Bowie's alter ego Ziggy Stardust, a rock star who acts as a messenger for extraterrestrial beings. Bowie created Ziggy Stardust while in New York City promoting Hunky Dory and performed as him on a tour of the United Kingdom, Japan and North America. The album, and the character of Ziggy Stardust, was known for its glam rock influences and themes of sexual exploration and social commentary.

2. Let's Dance, 1983

Title track of Bowie's 15th album became one of his biggest hit singles, reaching No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries. Further singles included "Modern Love" and "China Girl", which both reached No. 2 in the UK. "China Girl" was a new version of a song which Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter's 1977 album The Idiot. Let's Dance has sold 10,7 million copies worldwide, making it Bowie's best-selling album.

3. Blackstar, 2016

Stylised as , Bowie's 25th outing woudl be his final, released on 8 January 2016, the date of Bowie's 69th birthday and two days before his death. The album was met with critical acclaim.

4. Aladdin Sane, 1973

Sixth album and first he he wrote and released as a bona fide rock star. NME editors Roy Carr and Charles Shaar Murray called the album "oddly unsatisfying, considerably less than the sum of the parts", while Bowie encyclopedist Nicholas Pegg describes it as "one of the most urgent, compelling and essential" of his releases. The Rolling Stone review by Ben Gerson pronounced it "less manic than The Man Who Sold The World, and less intimate than Hunky Dory, with none of its attacks of self-doubt."

5. Space Oddity, 1969

Still one of David Bowie's best-known songs, "Space Oddity" was a largely acoustic number augmented by the eerie tones of the composer's Stylophone, a pocket electronic organ. The title and subject matter were inspired by Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and introduced the character of Major Tom. The song dates back as early as February of 1969. It was written for a promotional video named "Love You Til' Tuesday".

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